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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lunch links: Reverends, rappers, rushers
By Max Olson
Meet the ordained minister who moonlights as
a 6-foot-8 defensive tackle
Is Trevor Knight the new starting quarterback at Oklahoma?
That's not what Bob Stoops said
Monday. Touted juco transfer DT Quincy Russell
can start fully practicing
with Oklahoma today and is still a bit of a mystery. Another former transfer, Lacoltan Bester, is on the rise and
could start this fall
, writes Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.
OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons learned how to win from
playing hoops with his sister
, who plays at Tennessee now. Safety Daytawion Lowe is likely in line to
see his workload reduced
. Josh Stewart is
No. 3 on this list
of most important Cowboys entering 2013. Also, a nice look at OSU's struggles to
get off the field
on long drives.
New Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps is
not an ostrich
and might be pretty good this fall. Heaps and three other Jayhawks have been named captains, and Charlie Weis hopes they
make up for a "void of leadership"
in 2012. Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star also details
Weis' plan for a leadership council
. Senior receiver Josh Ford is
ahead of OU transfer Justin McCay
for a starting job.
Texas quarterback David Ash had polite things to say about
Johnny Manziel and his plight
. SI's Stewart Mandel writes on the
maturation of Ash
. Receiver Mike Davis feeling
rejuvenated entering his senior year
, writes Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman. Guess which former Longhorn was deemed Athlon's
No. 1 player of the BCS era
Backup QBs Seth Russell and Chris Johnson are
waiting for their turn
at Baylor, writes John Werner of the Waco Tribute. The guy they're backing up is
atop this list
of potential breakout Big 12 players.
Expectations are still high at TCU
despite recent personnel issues
, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Might this be the new helmet
the Frogs will soon announce they're wearing for the LSU game?
Iowa State trying to
divy up reps for five
running backs these days. Paul Rhoads is trying to
capitalize on the rise
of nearby juco powerhouse Iowa Western and is building a pipeline.
Transfer running backs Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith are giving West Virginia
lots of options on offense
. More on Smith, a former Kansas signee,
in this feature
from Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mountaineer defenders say
being smarter is best solution
to new targeting rule. WVU is in the hunt to have
"The South's Best Tailgate"
as awarded by Southern Living.
Respected Texas scout Randy Rodgers breaks down what walk-on Baker Mayfield
brings to the table for Texas Tech
. The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton
predicts Davis Webb will win
the Tech starting QB job. A former Tech linebacker and "Real World: Portland" participant
is now getting into the rap game
No surprise to anyone here, but numbers suggest Bill Snyder
got more out of KSU in 2012
than anything we've seen in five years. Replacing Arthur Brown isn't easy, but it's Ken Corbitt of the The Topeka Capital- Journal writes that
it's the task Blake Slaughter faces.